|Published:||May 02, 2010 5:22 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 02, 2010 5:22 AM EDT|
CLEWISTON, Fla. - In addition to food and fun at the Brown Sugar Festival, this years also featured controversy over the presence of law enforcement.
Festival goers say streets looked like a war zone; however, the Hendry County Sheriff says there's less manpower than usual.
Sheriff Steve Whidden says due to budget cuts they have less deputies from their department and other counties that lent law enforcement.
Vicky Lozano says she may not return to the festival after she was pulled over for her tint being too dark on her car, but then had her car searched by K9 units.
Others in Clewiston, like E Money from Miami says he enjoys the police presence and feels safer because of it.
Deputies made nine arrests five hours into the festival for car chases, foot chases, drugs and guns.
Those who left the area by 8 p.m. due to the curfew put in place, had to drive through a checkpoint on their way out of the Harlem area.